Terrell Owens: This will be TO's second year on the ballot, the first year he was snubbed probably in part to being an off the field cancer to most of his teams. The fact of the matter is the voting is supposed to be based only on his on the field play. We all know the journalists that are casting votes are being biased due to his personality, rather than just judging his on the field talent. His numbers speak for themselves, he was an elite reciever that was a nightmare for defensive backs. If he doesn't get in this year it's a total disgrace to the league because he's easily a top 10 receiver to ever play this game
Jason Taylor: A shoe in to be a first ballot hall of famer, or at least that should be the mindset of the voters. He was a great pass rusher in the NFL for 10+ seasons. He had 140 sacks in his career, I mean if that's not hall of fame level, there's a lot of pass rushers that shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame.
LT: No-Brainer. He will be a first ballot hall of famer as he should be, one of the best running backs if not the best of his generation. He still holds the record for most TD's in a single season for a runningback. He was key part in all those successful Chargers teams that seemed to always fall just short in the playoffs. As a runningback he is not defined by his postseason success, his regular season success speaks for itself, 13k yards, and 145 TDs not many runningback will ever top those numbers in just ten seasons.
Brian Dawkins: When the Giants would play the Eagles back in the day I hated seeing number 20 with the black visor line up across the field from my offense. Mostly know for his vicious hits that would leave receivers scared to go across the middle and catch the ball. I think he will make the HOF one day but this will not be his year with all the talent in this potential class I think there's a few guys that deserve a spot over him. If this was any other year I'd say yeah no duh Brian Dawkins is getting in, but in this particular case I believe he will be left out of the 2017 class.
Donovan McNabb: I will be shocked if #5 doesn't get in. He made my life a living hell in the early 2000's when Philadelphia dominated the NFC East. He was the General of those offenses and boy were those some special offenses. Him, Brian Westbrook, TO, and Andy Reid were such a dynamic offense that were just a play here or there away from bringing Philadelphia it's first Super Bowl. Sorry Uppy, so close but no cigar.
Bob Sanders: When I saw him as a potential candidate to make the hall I was a little taken back. Don't get me wrong I loved Bob Sanders he was a nightmare for opposing offenses and he always managed to force turnovers one way or another. He was the full package, that's why he won a defensive player of the year award. Too bad he could never stay healthy, I can't remember a season besides the one he won DPOY that he played a full season. If it wasn't for his lack of ability to stay on the field I'd say no doubt put Bob in the hall, but the fact of the situation is he couldn't stay on the field , and 90% of the game is just showing up.
Chad "OchoCinco" Johnson: One of my favorite players back in the day for the obvious reason, he had the best touchdown celebrations of all time. He was also a very good receiver for awhile. Was he first ballot worthy definitely not, if TO wasn't than OchoCinco isn't even second ballot worthy and that's just the facts of the situation. I really hope Chad gets in one day just because he's HOF speech would be electric, but we may have to wait a few years before we could see that.
Hines Ward: A Steelers legend, a Super Bowl MVP, and one of the most nosed receivers to ever play the game. His was physical machine that had no problem running across the field just to pop a defensive player in the mouth. He had 1000 receptions, over 10000 yards, and 86 touchdowns over the course of his career. I expect Hines Ward to make the hall of fame on his first try, he definitely deserves to get in over some of the other receivers like Derrick Mason and OchoCinco.
The other guys like Derrick Mason, Joey Porter, Simeon Rice, and Darren Woodson, they're obviously great players, but the difference is the consistency of their career from start to finish. They had stretches of 5-7 years of greatness but they don't have 10+ years of greatness in them and that's what separates great players from Hall of Famers. Donovan McNabb, Jason Taylor, LT, Hines Ward, and TO will be part of the 2017 HOF class. I have Brian Dawkins right on the brink but everyone definitely doesn't deserve to make it.